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Faculty | Executive MBA in Health Administration

Our current faculty

Errol L. Biggs, PhD

Director, Programs in Health Administration, University of Colorado Denver; PhD, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Biggs' current research and consulting work addresses governing board issues relating to hospitals and community health needs assessment studies. Dr. Biggs is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been a hospital CEO for 12 years.

Heidi Boerstler, PhD

Professor, University of Colorado Denver; PhD Yale University; JD, University of Denver. Dr. Boerstler has been involved in a number of large studies, including reimbursement for nursing home services, quality of care in hospitals, and ethical behavior in corporations. She is currently working with the state of Colorado to develop managed care programs for special populations, including developmentally disabled and chronically mentally ill persons.

Rosemary Caron, PhD

Blair Gifford, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver; PhD, University of Chicago. Dr. Gifford teaches the International Health elective course for the Executive Program. He is also the Director of the MS in Health Administration. Dr. Gifford's areas of research include access to health care, health services delivery, strategic human resources management, and international health reform policy.

Jeff Helton, PhD

Diane M. Howard, PhD

PhD, FACHE, Professor, Dept. of Health Services Management, Rush University, Chicago, IL. Director of Allied Health Professions. She teaches The Healthcare System course for the Executive Program.

Leland R. Kaiser, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Denver; PhD, University of Denver. As president of Kaiser and Associates, Dr. Kaiser is a highly acclaimed speaker and consultant as well as a prolific author. He lectures in the Transformational Leadership elective course.

Amer Kaissi, PhD

Roger Kropf, PhD

Professor of Health Administration, New York University; PhD Syracuse University. Dr. Kropf teaches the Management Information Systems course for the Executive Program. He also teaches courses on strategic planning, and marketing at NYU. One of his principal interests is in helping health care professionals to use strategic planning and management information systems to achieve their organizations' goals and objectives, which is the subject of his book Service Excellence in Health Care through the Use of Computers (American College of Health-Care Executives, 1990). His articles have been published in a wide range of journals, including Hospital and Health Services Administration, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Social Science and Medicine, Health Care Management Review, Administrative Radiology, and Radiology Management.

Martha G. Pilcher, PhD

Senior Lecturer, University of Washington; PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Pilcher teaches the Quantitative Methods course in the Executive Program. Her areas of interest include statistics and methodology for comparing heuristics, test problem generation, and vehicle routing.

Eugene S. Schneller, PhD

Counselor to the President for Health Professions Education; Professor of Health Administration and Policy, Arizona State University; Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine, the University of Arizona; PhD, Sociology, New York University. Professor Schneller has held faculty positions in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center, the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Administration and Management at Union College (Schenectady, NY), and the Department of Community and Preventative Medicine at the Albany Medical College. His current research interests include health care system reform in the United States, management reform in the British National Health Service, public relations in hospitals, health manpower development, careers, and the physician executive. He was Chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Western Network for Education in Health Administration. He teaches Medical Care Organization for the Executive Program in Health Administration and the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management course.

Lee F. Seidel, PhD

Professor, University of New Hampshire, PhD Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Seidel has authored books in the areas of strategic management and management methods and articles in the area of health services management education. He is a former Chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Dr. Seidel teaches the Executive Program's course on the Management of Health Care Institutions, the capstone course used to integrate other courses in the curriculum.

Dennis Stillman, MHA

Senior Lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health. Mr. Stillman is the Associate Program Director of the Master of Health Administration Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dennis has practiced health administration for 25 years, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of the University of Washington Medical Center. Mr. Stillman teaches the Management Accounting course in the Executive Program.

Leah J. Vriesman, PhD

MBA Assistant Director, Executive MPH Program, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Vriesman is President of Excel Research, LLC, a healthcare management and policy-consulting firm in Boulder, CO. Specializing in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Excel Research primarily conducts outcomes research, economic studies, and market trend analyses. Dr. Vriesman is currently serving as an industry advisor to the regional chapter of a large not-for-profit healthcare organization, and to a federal congressional candidate. She also works with a firm that develops public health plans using tobacco settlement monies for multiple states.

Frederick J. Wenzel, MBA

Faculty, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, University of Colorado Graduate School of Business, University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, Texas Tech University Graduate School of Business and School of Medicine; Advisor to the President, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin; MBA, University of Chicago. Mr. Wenzel's academic field of specialization is health care organization governance, management, and strategic planning. He is the instructor of the Ambulatory Care electives.

Jack Wheeler, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services Management and Policy, University of Michigan; PhD, University of Michigan. Dr. Wheeler teaches management accounting and corporate finance for health care managers at the University of Michigan. His research interest is in the relationship between financing sources and the behavior of the health care firm. He teaches Financial Management in Health Care Organizations in the Executive Program.

Jennifer Wiler, MD, MBA

Richard Zane, MD


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